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Stage 18. Fiorenzuola d'Arda to Fidenza

  “Last level stretch crossing Chiaravalle della Colomba and passing Fidenza Duomo”. 

Outside urban centres it is not possible to access a water source.


Distance Time Elevation in meters

Gain Loss Min Max
22.3     35 40    





Original map courtesy of "The Via Francigena Terre De Mezzo by Roberta Ferraris ISBM978-88-6189-491-4"



Pilgrims along the Via Francigena. 12th-century bas relief from the Duomo di San Donnino, Fidenza


18.1 1 Km Right on Strada Cascina Santa Maria Grande
18.2 3.1 km T-junction; right on Strada di Bagnolo
18.3 6 Km Chiaravalle
18.4 8.8 Km San Rocco
18.5 10.7 Km Strada Fosse Superiore
18.6 13.5 Km Castione Marchese
18.7 17 Km Right for Bastelli
18.8 18.8 Km New bridge over Torrente Stirone


Chiaravalle della Colomba Abbey

  The Abbey of Chiaravalle della Colomba stands in isolation in the countryside at the edge of a rural village of a few houses. It was built in 1135 on the direct orders of the founder if the Cistercian order, Bernard of Clairvaux. The basilica, with its beautiful brick facade, is in the Romanesque-Gothic style typical of Cistercian architecture, with Burgundian influences. The cloister is a true Gothic masterpiece from the 14th century, with arches supported by slim coupled columns, with beautiul sculptural decorations on the capitals.  



Fidenza Cathedral

Fidenza tower